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Eric E. Santa Maria CPA/ABV, MST
Director Client Services

Eric@PaulGarciaCPA.com

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Eric E. Santa Maria joined Paul A. Garcia, P.A. in 2009 and serves as a Director in client services. His responsibilities include tax, accounting, and business valuation services.

In public practice since 2003, Eric advises his clients on a full range of areas including tax compliance, consulting, accounting, and business valuation. His areas of specialization include federal and state tax for corporations, partnerships, and individuals. Eric has also provided tax review level services for federal and state tax returns and prepared estimated tax calculations for multinational corporations with federal taxable income in excess of $20 million dollars.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and an Accredited Business Valuation professional. Eric has experience valuing numerous businesses and professional practices in a variety of circumstances including estate and gift tax planning, matrimonial disputes, business disputes, mergers & acquisitions, and shareholder buy-outs. He was granted the Accreditation in Business Valuation (ABV) designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, awarded to qualified CPAs with considerable professional experience in business valuation.

Eric also utilizes his tax technical knowledge and business experience to represent clients effectively with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other state or local tax authorities. He has worked with clients in tax examinations and collection matters to lower assessed tax penalties, negotiating favorable payment terms, and settling outstanding tax debts.

Prior to joining Paul A. Garcia P.A., Eric worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ financial services tax practice for over 6 years providing tax planning and compliance services in the real estate and banking practice, servicing public and privately-owned developers; home builders; hotels; and large privately owned banks.

Education

Bachelor of Accounting
Florida International University

Master of Science in Taxation
Florida International University


Accreditations and Certifications

Certified Public Accountant
State of Florida

Accredited in Business Valuation
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants


Professional and Civic Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Cuban American Certified Public Accountants Association

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

Florida International University Accounting Alumni Council, Board Member

Florida International University Alumni Association

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting